The purpose of this post is to share with you a hidden gem that we found in India. An extra special place for people who respect local culture and love nature and serenity. For those who enjoy going places that few others have ever been and thrive off adventure and discovery. We found true paradise in the foothills of the Himalayas and we are going to share with you all the details so that you can experience it too!
This place is named Laluri and it’s home to what we claim is the best homestay in India. Laluri is a small village located in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. If you venture 4 hours north of the famous Rishikesh you will find this small and picturesque village that seems as though it has stopped in time. A place where local culture and customs thrive and people live the simple and idyllic life that we all dream of.
If a traditional and authentic homestay experience in the mountains of India sounds like a bit of you then you have landed in on the right page! So read on for our full guide to the best homestay in India!
How we found the Best Homestay in India:
When we decided to take one year off life and travel the world, India was our top destination. We ended up spending 5 months travelling this beautiful country and to be honest the time we spent in Laluri village was a highlight of our entire time in India.
We were staying with a local man whose goal was to revitalise the village that he grew up in. People migrating to the cities is a huge issue for rural villages in India and his goal was to create a reason for villagers to stay so that they could preserve their way of life, language and culture.
His name was Dev and we volunteered with him for 2weeks helping to set up a community homestay initiative in his beautiful village. A few months on and Holy Hills Uttarakhand is launched and there are now 5 families in the village who have opened up their homes to visitors who are wanting to experience authentic India.
The homestays are so integral to the community, as it gives locals a sense of independence and a much needed income stream to support them and their families.
You can see our adventures in our Laluri travel Video:
Why we recommend this Homestay:
The best homestay in India is a very big claim and to be honest we have not stayed at all the homestays in India, but here are all the reason why we think it's worth the title!
Things to know before you go:
Due to the remoteness of the village there are some things you will need to be prepared for in advance.
Things to do in and around this homestay:
How to reach Holy Hills Homestays:
Do note the road to Lauri is very picturesque but also very windy and narrow.
Bus fare From Rishikesh to Jaminkhal: Rs150/$2USD
2. Rishikesh to Bagwan - This bus departs Rishikesh regularly from early morning until about 4pm and will take about 5hours. Be sure to wait at a bus stop on highway 7 in Rishikesh and wave down the buses passing to ask if they are going to Bagwan. The homestay can organise to pick you from Bagwan so send them an email to organise the pickup. Bus fare From Rishikesh to Bagwan: Rs150/$2USD
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We hope this article was helpful and we hope we inspired you to visit the best homestay in India! If you have any further questions regarding this homestay then leave us a message we will be happy to help!
Cheers, Native Travellers
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